Consultation: Ofcom’s response to Vodafone’s and Telefónica’s requests to update the technical conditions of their mobile licences to enable the deployment of newer technologies including 5G

  • Start: 20 May 2022
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 01 July 2022

In response to requests from Vodafone and Telefónica, we are proposing to make changes to some licences they hold. The changes would allow them to deploy new technologies, including 5G, and deliver the next generation of connectivity and services to their users. The changes we propose are as follows:

Updating the technical conditions of licences held by Vodafone in the 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands: The proposed variations would amend the licences with updated parameters that reflect the latest technologies. We are also proposing to remove technology restrictions in the licences to make them technology neutral.

Removing a restriction placed on Telefónica’s unpaired spectrum in the 2.6 GHz band: Telefónica has requested that we remove a restriction on the 5 MHz block within its unpaired spectrum allocation adjacent to Vodafone’s unpaired allocation. Vodafone has contacted us to confirm its agreement with the request. This would allow Telefónica to use an unrestricted 20 MHz of spectrum compared with the 15 MHz currently available. To make this arrangement work, the two licensees need to synchronise transmissions and both of their licences will need to be varied.

Subject to consultation responses, Ofcom is currently minded to make similar changes available to the licences of other licensees operating in these bands, upon request.

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